Fear not chocolate lovers, good news is now at hand. Today’s studies about teeth and chocolate show a positive note. Believe it or not, chocolate is not bad for the teeth or for your health (mostly). This thought will certainly ease up some of the guilty feelings you must have felt each time you take a big chocolate bite.
Chocolate and your dental health
To understand this fully, you need to know the basics about tooth decay. Tooth decay is a result of acid causing bacteria in your mouth that work overtime at night. The acids attack the enamel causing it to demineralize and eventually causing a hole in it. This will soon lead to tooth decay or rotten teeth.
Chocolate and your health
Now, the good news here about chocolate is that this sweet, guilty pleasure contains antioxidants, the flavanoids and the polyphenols, that actually prevent the bacteria from making use of its starch and sugar to create their acids. Not only this, the cocoa butter in chocolate can also coat your teeth as though a protective shield to prevent the plaque from your teeth. And the buttery part of cocoa is not the bad fat, as it does nothing to increase your cholesterol.
Aside from these wonderful developments, a nicer one is mentioned in the studies too. Chocolate, especially the dark ones that has high concentration of flavanoids, can help lessen the chances of stroke and hypertension. These types of chocolate beat green tea for its antioxidant power making this a good agent to protect your heart.
However, chocolate is still not all good stuff. Just like everything in life, anything that is taken too much will do you harm. Chocolates contain high calories that will still harm you when taken more than your fair share. Calories are the number #1 agent for bulgy tummy. so if you are watching your weight make sure you watch your calorie intake of chocolate. Recommended intake of chocolate is 1 ounce, three times a week if you want to reap the benefits mentioned above. Eat what you love and enjoy with good health!
By Ladan Zinati